#37 Shelah  (Maqam Hijaz)

Maqam Hijaz - named for a region within modern Saudi Arabia, is associated with death and other mournful occasions. 


Came a Generation


Came a generation

who spoke only dark words.


In the generation of dark words

we started over --

it was not unexpected

but we had not prepared

to avoid it entirely.


Later two more were sent out

a lady stuck her head outside the second floor window --

What’re you boys looking for?


The Land fool. . .


It’s yours, the hearts of all the people

have melted.